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KL Rahul becomes 10th Indian to hit Test hundred at Lords

  • Aug 13, 2021
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Opener KL Rahul reinforced his 84 in the First test with a superb 100 to break India's seven-year-old centuries drought at Lords on Thursday. Rahul became the first Indian after Ajinkya Rahane and the 10th overall to earn a place on the cricket househonors tables.Rahul brought the second hundred of him against England in the 212-ball. Rahul had hit nine boundaries and one six when he reached the three digits.Rahul went head-to-head with England's pace attack and came out with a good hundred, helping his team dominate the game in the final session of opening day.Notably, Rahul also became the second batsman to reach one hundred in the 2021-23 cycle of the ICC World Test Championship. This is KL Rahul's sixth test hundred and his second against England.Rahul leaves all fourth stump delivery and didn't care much about the incoming deliveries and knew where his off stump was and covered the swing. As soon as Rohit left the scene, Rahul upped the ante and ended the opening day with a brilliant sixth hundred.Placed in the position of the Lords, the Indian inaugural pair of KL Rahul (55 hits from 143balls)and Rohitnegated cloudy conditions on a good batting surface during the away team's inaugural track in the first century since the 2007 Tour.After negotiating two deliveries that went away. Rohit was surprised with one that came in, much to Anderson's delight, who overcame a close quartet to retain his place on the team. Anderson struck again in the 50th over when Cheteshwar Pujara fell to nine after edging outswinger to Jonny Bairstow on the third slip to leave the visitors at 150-2. But Rahul raised the scoring rate after Rohit's departure and ignited his half century.England, without seamer Stuart Broad due to a torn right calf, called up Haseeb Hamid, Moen Ali, Mark Wood, Zach Crowley and Dan Lawrence.Also Read- Neeraj Chopra rises to second spot in world rankings after Olympic gold

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India vs England: Wounds of 2014 hurt Virat Kohli again

  • Aug 26, 2021
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For a man who seemed unstoppable even two years ago, Virat Kohli's luck with the bat is completely incomprehensible. The world's number one batsman, who collected hundreds at will, has not scored one hundred in all three formats in 50 innings. India's captain Virat Kohli's fight continue as he was dismissed in the first hour of the first day of 3rd Test against England at Headingley in Leeds. James Anderson sent Kohli back to the pavilion for 7. Lean patches are part of a cricketer's journey. There are likely to be peaks and valleys in performance as the career runs. Every great in the game has had their share of dips and Kohli is undoubtedly facing headwinds after fixing the loopholes in 2014. But it looks like the old habit of dangling the bat outside the off-stump seems to be back and Kohli not for the first time in England, got out swishing at a ball a could have been left alone. This was the fourth time in the series that he had edged the ball behind the stumps. Most dismissals for Kohli against a bowler in TestsJames Anderson - 7 times in 23 matches Nathan Lyon - 7 times in 18 matches Stuart Broad - 5 times in 18 matches Moeen Ali - 5 times in 15 matches Ben Stokes - 5 times in 15 matches Kohli's lean patch began with the 2020 Tour in New Zealand, where he managed 218 runs in four T20Is, three ODI matches and two test matches. In the only Test he played in Australia late last year, his defiant 74 in the first innings was lost in the ruins of the disastrous second innings of the pink-ball Test where India were gobbled up for 36. It was an out of character show from the India captain who spent 244 minutes at the crease for his 180-ball effort. It was also his second slowest half-century. A similar kind of effort would have helped the India cause at Headingley had kohli played the waiting game. With KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara back in the shade. Kohli made the appropriate noises on the eve of the Test by saying "You have to keep your ego in your pocket while batting in England". In his pre & post match discourses , Kohli avoids talking about the individual players form. "Our focus is not thinking about where people are individually now. It's collectively about how much strength they bring to the team. As a batting unit, we look to perform in tough conditions, so we are in a winning positions and someone is going to put their hands in every game." Kohli has maintained when asked about the Pujara and Rahane's ordeals.Also Read- India interested in hosting 2036, 2040 Olympics: IOC President Thomas Bach